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New York, 1799: the future looks bright for the charming young book dealer William Lacy, until a raucous night of drinking lands him in shackles. He narrowly avoids the brutal prison system thanks to his mother, who negotiates with the judge to secure him a five year apprenticeship in lieu of a prison sentence. And so William finds himself in a carriage bound for the remote woods upstate, where he'll spend the next years of his life learning a new trade under some old master.

When he first sees Merrick, William thinks he's been dropped into a medieval horror story. Tall and gruff, dressed in a hooded robe that completely conceals his features, and riding a black mare, Merrick might as well be the Grim Reaper.

But appearances are deceiving. A skilled apothecary and healer, Merrick proves to be a generous host and a gentle teacher, and William soon finds himself surprisingly comfortable in his new surroundings. And yet troubling mysteries abound: Why does Merrick never show his face or hands? Why do his movements seem so young and sure beneath his robes? What lies within the cave behind the stone cottage?

Something unnatural is afoot. But most alarming by far is William's own reaction to his new keeper. For Merrick's strange charms are bewitching enough by day; but by night, in the darkness of the room and the bed they share, William finds himself entirely overwhelmed by desires he never imagined...

Fiction & Literature
September 25
Claire Cray
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Yaya8923 ,

Please make a sequel

I loved it! As a fellow writer I applaud this work! Please do make a sequel for Theo and so that we can see how William and Merrick are coming along!

Yu Kanda ,


I loved this story! I am so glad that they had a happy ending. I feel really bad for Theo. He was always pushed around. If it weren't for him, Merrick and William wouldn't have ended up together. I wish I knew more about Theo. Theo is a great personality.

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